Disappointment

Inevitable disappointment

It was perhaps inevitable that our so-called ‘World leaders’ would disappoint us in Copenhagen. Are any of us really surprised? The influence of big business is far too great for our politicians to lead us any more. No, we are the ones this time who are going to have to come to the rescue.

Yes, politicians can make decisions which have far reaching effects in a short time, but let’s face it, it could be a long time before they make them.

We don’t have time to wait!

We however, are always in a position to make different choices. Yes, let our voices be heard, but let’s not waste valuable time banging our heads against the proverbial brick wall, when we could be spending that time making positive changes in our own lives now.

And those changes don’t have to be big; Nature rarely takes big steps. No, evolution is mostly a gradual process, as it’s important for the effects of small changes to be observed before continuing on. Chaos theory suggests that a butterfly fluttering its wings on one side of the world can lead to a storm on the other. Our small personal changes may seem insignificant from where we stand, but the effects of them ripple out into the world, whilst we often remain unaware.

But with so much to do, what should I do first?

Well, permaculture can certainly help us with that, as it teaches us to become good observers and how to identify the most effective choices to make in our own unique circumstances. But if you really want somewhere to start, one thing is sure though;

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the next best time is now.”
Chinese Proverb

Tree planting is fun too!

Tree planting is fun too!

Winter is the perfect time to plant trees and doing so is a very powerful act in a time when so many are being cut down. Make it a social event, invite your friends. Plant fruit trees too, even if you may not be around to eat the harvest yourself. In the future, with the cost of transport rising with oil prices, we will be very grateful to have much more food growing close to home.

Whatever you do, do something and let others know. This doesn’t mean you need to go preaching about it, it could simply be to make changes where they are visible to others. For instance, an exciting project in London is encouraging people to start growing food in their front gardens, where passers by will see it and may be inspired to do so themselves. It’s a fine example of how your actions can inspire change far beyond your own ability to see it.

Make a decision to do something to make the world a better place in 2010. Better still, do it now. Don’t forget, we are the real World leaders, and always have been. We are the ones leading the change, perhaps small steps at a time, but that’s the way nature likes to do things.

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4 Responses to “We are the World leaders!”

  1. Simon Allard says:

    Another timely post, Aranya. I am reminded of Alice Walker’s book, “We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For”.

    Walker tells us that, “We are the ones we have been waiting for because we are able to to see what is happening with a much greater awareness than our parents or grandparents, our ancestors, could see. This does not mean we believe, having seen the greater truth of how all oppression is connected, how pervasive and unrelenting, that we can ‘fix’ things. But some of us are not content to have a gap in opportunity and income that drives a wedge between rich and poor, causing the rich to become ever more callous and complacent and the poor to become ever more wretched and humiliated. Not willing to ignore starving and brutalized children. Not willing to let women be stoned or mutilated without protest. Not willing to stand quietly by as farmers, and plants are engineered to self-destruct…We have wanted all our lives to know that Earth, who has somehow obtained human beings as her custodians, was also capable of creating humans who could minister to her needs, and the needs of her creation. WE ARE THE ONES.”

    There are clearly many challenges to living in our modern world. That means there are also a great many opportunities for us to grow as human beings…and I mean both as individuals and as a species as a whole.

    As our awareness of some of the things that are happening in the world grows, so does our responsibility to contribute to making the world a better place.

    Thanks again Aranya for the reminder that we can make a positive difference by even the smallest of actions. And that the right time to start doing it is NOW.

  2. aranya says:

    Thanks Simon,

    We are indeed the ones, we just need to remember the power we have in our individual choices, that every time we buy something we are taking a vote for that thing to be in our World.

    Have a great 2010!

    Aranya

  3. Gary Finch says:

    Hi, our biggest limiting factor is the propaganda system we live in that tells us that we dont have power and that we are too small to make a significant difference. This coupled with the teaching that, yes there are problems, there may be solutions but isn’t life too short to look into the causes when we could be enjoying life, after all “…we’re worth it” Noam Chomsky reports that he gets many letters from people in the developed world asking what they can do, whereas from the developing world he only gets letters from people telling him what the ARE doing. Satish Kumar is constantly advising people to bake bread, Thich Naht Hanh advise to breathe consciously, Aranya tells us to plant a tree – I tell people these things and am advised that this is all very well but how will that help? this is the propganda system at work, if we cant make the big grand gesture that will affect the millions what is the point? It doesn’t occur to people that doing these things is being advised because they are precisely what has given these wise people the grounding to begin and carry on with the work in a way that is non harmful and beneficial to both themselves and the world around them – to say yes to one thing is effectively saying no to everything else – practising permaculture is a very effective way of defeating the propaganda system embedded in our consciousness – the only time we have is NOW

  4. aranya says:

    Yes indeed, Gandhi encouraged just this kind of action and ultimately won India’s independence from the British. Spinning their own thread and making their own cloth, making their own salt; these were simple actions performed by individuals en-masse that changed the destiny of a nation.

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